NCAER has been working on the future of Indian agriculture and policy options for more competitive, inclusive and sustainable growth.This work is being supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). NCAER is working closely with faculty at Monash and Victoria Universities in Melbourne; IFPRI in Washington, D.C.; NSW Trade and Investment; and IDFC. In this context, NCAER organised an important workshop on The Future of Indian Agriculture: Policy Options for Competitive, Inclusive and Sustainable Growth on April 8-9, 2015.
A particular focus of the workshop was new policy research that identifies the gains from reforming India’s regime of agricultural subsidies. NCAER has undertaken this work using its new NCAER-Victoria University, multi-sector, model of the Indian economy, which allows us to trace through the economy-wide implications of policy shifts. Workshop participants got the opportunity to listen to IFPRI researchers speak on The Global Context in Food and Agriculture and Carbon Sequestration and GHG Offsets in Indian Agriculture and the IDFC researchers on Marginal Abatement Costs.
This conference also offered a rare opportunity for the Indian policy and economic research community to discuss agricultural policymaking in a much more holistic way and to trace through the economy-wide implications of such policies. The workshop led to a robust discussion on agricultural policy reforms that will modernise agriculture and deliver more effective growth, employment and food security outcomes.